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Windows 7: Restoring Windows 7 from Windows 8 Developer Preview

25 Jan 2012   #31

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You would normally give the recov partition a drive letter - then set it as the Active partition - do you get those options if you rt click it in disk mgmt?


Otherwise, Which of those is the bootable.wim?

Any chance of some sort of screenshot - we need to see the contents of the recov partition as well as ?

Try a 3rd party explorer for a screenshot - explorer++ perhaps

Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows


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25 Jan 2012   #32
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He gave you those steps 4 days ago. Easy will pick up the correct file.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It depends how Dell have set it up.

If you can find a file on the recovery partition called boot.wim or winre.wim , or restore.wim or similar ( it won't be very big - 165-200mb - [there will probably another .wim file called factory.wim or install.wim- much larger] )

It is the smaller one you want to add to your boot menu.

The easiest way to do that is with the free version of easybcd.

EasyBCD Download Registration Page — NeoSmart Technologies

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Select ADD ENTRY

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Select the WINPE Tab and click the little browse icon

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Browse to the bootable.wim file , click Open

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Then click ADD

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Restart your pc and select the boot menu entry called NST WINPE IMAGE
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25 Jan 2012   #33

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Oh , there you go - thought I had seen it somewhere.

Perhaps I am not going mad after all.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, I suggested it two days ago. I learned it from you Si years ago.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It likely is only a hidden file, not a System file. Did you uncheck Hidden files?

You can try to restore Recovery to the F8 menu: Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link

You can also try marking the Recovery partition Active to see if it will boot itself: Partition - Mark as Active

Otherwise you can order Factory Recovery disks from Dell, or use a Windows 7 retail installer to get a superior Clean Reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker if you will answer my questions asked.
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25 Jan 2012   #34

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK, on disk management inside of windows, I set the recovery partition as active. C: is the one that usually boots to, but the one that is only 39 MB is the OEM partition.

Here is a screenshot of ++explorer, showing that the recovery folder is empty, and the second screenshot is in partition wizard where it shows the files, basically there are a few different .wim files.


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25 Jan 2012   #35

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try retarting your pc.

Hopefully the DEll winre.wim will load up and you will get to see the Dell restore program.
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25 Jan 2012   #36

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No, sorry, I just booted into windows. I tried pressing F8, but I just got the same screen that basically says restore from a backup
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25 Jan 2012   #37

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I will try easyBCD again, but which file is the correct .wim file to choose?
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25 Jan 2012   #38

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try this one:

Name:  winre.jpg
Views: 10
Size:  39.4 KB

That is the one on the windowsre folder


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25 Jan 2012   #39

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

proceeding. It didn't show up when I tried to add it, so I typed in the address manually and it let me.
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25 Jan 2012   #40

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, that should work.
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